30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to Go to There (The by William Irwin

By William Irwin

A desirable exploration of the philosophy at the back of NBC’s hit television sequence, 30 RockWith edgy writing and an excellent solid, 30 Rock is likely one of the funniest tv indicates at the air—and the place hilarity ensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy moral heroes? Kenneth redefines "goody shoes", yet what does it particularly suggest to be reliable? Dr. Leo Spaceman usually demonstrates that medication isn't really a technological know-how, so what's the position of the incompetent specialist in the US today?In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow solid contributors are thrust onto the philosophical degree with Plato, Aristotle, Kantand different nice thinkers to check those key questions and so on that contain the characters and plotlines of 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan comedy show.Takes an enjoyable, up-close examine the philosophical matters at the back of 30 Rock's characters and storylines, from post-feminist beliefs to workaholism and the that means of lifeEquips you with a brand new knowing of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Dr. Spaceman, and different charactersGives you deep and significant new purposes (who knew?) for looking at Tina Fey and your different favorites on 30 RockIdeal for either informal and diehard lovers, this e-book is the basic spouse for each 30 Rock­-watcher.

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She almost did in “Jackie JormpJomp,” but she had the bad luck of stumbling on an alternative even worse than work. Perhaps if she tried it again, older and wiser, things might go better the second time around. If she doesn’t find love, she might at least become a contender in her local fight club. NOTES 1. Understanding how a vision could be inspiring but not widely defended is no more problematic that understanding why a religion might be appealing if one is not inclined to take it literally. I can find the idea of heaven inspiring, even if I am not a Christian.

Not many of us are in a position such as Tracy or his entourage, where our relationships based on usefulness are so cartoonish. Nevertheless, we have these kinds of friendships, and we need them in various contexts. We name them differently than Aristotle does, because the language of utility is so . . well, utilitarian. ” A rose is a rose is a rose. indd 32 6/5/10 10:09:09 AM FRIENDSHIP ON 30 ROCK 33 principle is undeniable. We sometimes collect friends and preserve these friendships because these people are useful to us, and we really couldn’t succeed without participating in this very normal social behavior.

Liz responds, “That’s what friends do, Jack. ” Here Liz and Jack provide us with a marvelous example of friendship based on mutual goodwill. It’s unlikely that we have such extreme and embarrassing episodes from our own lives, but we can probably recall times when we’ve been on the receiving end of such kindness from our closest friends. We can also remember how rewarding (even if difficult) it has been to play that role for the important people in our lives. These kinds of friendships are the ones that we identify with a full, robust life.

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